Colours are bright and punchy directly from the camera.
Automatic white balance does an excellent job of reproducing accurate colours when faced with mixed or artificial lighting.
Use the dedicated macro mode to get closer to the subject to produce frame-filling images.
Blues and greens display a beautiful vibrancy, which can be boosted by choosing a different selections from MyColors.
A good impression of detail is presented at normal sharing and web sizes, but if you examine at 100% you'll see some evidence of image smoothing.
At ISO 1600, there's a loss of detail, and noise is starting to creep in.
Another example of where shooting at a high sensitivity has resulted in significant loss of detail.
Images directly from the SX520 depict the typical Canon level of warm saturation and vibrant colours.
The camera's automatic metering system has coped well here to produce a well balanced exposure.
The wide angle of the camera gives an equivalent of 24mm, making it ideal for capturing sweeping vistas.
At 1008mm, the houses in this scene at the far end of the telephoto optic are barely visible in the wide angle of the scene, showing just how far the reach is.
If you need to get even closer, then the 84x Zoom Plus option is available - while the image quality isn't quite as good as the optical zoom, it's decent.
Finally, the full digital zoom allows you to get even closer should you need it.
Here's an example of how the SX520 might render different images when shooting in Creative Mode - the first image is the scene without any filter.